Woman of the Year (1942)
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The ending really isn't that bad (and I say this as a woman) - Sam says he *doesn't* want Tess to be a simple housewife, he just doesn't want her to be so completely focussed on her career either. Why do people always call it sexist? That's just...reasonable!
The issue with the marriage is not that Tess is a strong independent woman in a 'man's world' it's that she can't find a balance between work and home. She tries to compensate at the end by trying to become the polar opposite, the ideal 40's 'domestic goddess' which Sam says he doesn't want. He just wants an equal balance between her home and work life.
This film was quite ahead of its time and has not dated badly like its sister film, Adam's Rib.
Was it common in the 40s for people to think that a 5 year old is old enough to be left at home alone for several hours? I certainly know that things were different back then, but this appears insanely irresponsible. Perhaps this was the point, but I just want to ensure I'm not judging unfairly.
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This movie ranks #74 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #90 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
This movie ranks #269 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #272 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #785 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #981 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #1011 in The Criterion Collection